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February 05, 2010

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Larry Spears

David,

Consider revising the last sentence of your post for clarification. I do not think that it means what you intended it to say.

From your report, it seems that the implication of the experiment is that people can change beliefs on the basis of apparent, but incorrect, evidence and, perhaps, on the basis of factually correct evidence.

Perhaps, I am missing something.

Thanks for your post.

Larry

David Schraub

I'm not sure why you get that from the last sentence, but you're correct to say that the experiment does not show anything about how people can change their beliefs -- only shows that simply having an incentive to change one's belief generally isn't sufficient.

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